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Internet-connected LED T-shirt lets you flash the world | Crave T-shirts have long been used to express opinions, assert individuality, and spread messages. The tshirtOS prototype is trying to become the first commercially available programmable, Internet-connected digital T-shirt. The shirt is a joint venture between high-tech fashion company CuteCircuit and Scotch whisky maker Ballantine's. I'm not entirely sure what a high-tech T-shirt has to do with a venerable Scottish alcoholic beverage, but I'm sure there's a marketing tie-in here somewhere. The shirt features an integrated LED display, microphone, speaker, and accelerometer.

Bearded Celebrity Women Have you ever wondered as to what Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Kate Beckinsale or other beautiful celebrity women would look like if they had hair like a man? We’re not talking on the head, but the face, arms and chest. Anyway, Freaking News has put on a contest for those with advanced Photoshop skills in which they ask contestants to slap on a beard, chest hair and maybe even a unibrow to some of today’s most popular female celebrities. Some of the images are pretty disturbing and funny. Check out a few samples from the contest after the jump. Check out all of the images here. Source: Whudat

Wearable technology, la technologie InStyle ! La Wearable Technology, tout le monde en parle, mais le concept reste encore un peu abstrait. D’abord parce que la technologie se perfectionne à peine ; 2012 a vu naître les premiers projets réellement aboutis, fonctionnels et commercialisables. Ensuite parce que la Wearable Technology, c’est bien, c’est beau mais c’est cher ! Le principe : intégrer la technologie aux objets qui ne nous encombrent pas ceux que nous portons, en opposition à ceux que nous transportons. Selon fastcodesign.com, il existe 4 règles pour concevoir de la Wearable Tech que les gens vont réellement porter (comprenez acheter) : 1/ Comprendre et être attentif à l’environnement de l’utilisateur. 2/ Concevoir un objet discret. 3/ Créer une valeur ajoutée en le connectant à des services et des logiciels. 4/ Faire en sorte que l’objet ne soit pas marqué trop « geek ». Pure technologie Pantalon Beauty And The Geek Zioneyez HD video glasses Art technologie La WT a également dimension artistique. Care technologie

The Half Graffiti Hotel Room by Tilt The Au Vieux Panier Hotel in Marseille, France, has worked with graffiti artist Tilt on the Half Graffiti Hotel Room. The outcome is certainly impressive, especially the sharp division of colorful and white that the artist went with. The hotel offers 6 artist rooms, and this new one by Tilt, is for sure the most impressive. In the end it is all about the details that make it stand out, because the concept could have gone wrong really easily in our mind. The consequence of the concept is the most impressive part of the project. Take a more detailed look at the Half Graffiti Hotel Room after the jump. (Via MyModernMet)

Fashion Innovations in 3D Printing Iris van Herpen & Daniel Widrig's 2010 collaboration with .MGX by Materialise TICKETS SOLD OUT!View the event on Livestream. As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents an exciting event featuring designers and producers using cutting edge 3D printing techniques to push the boundaries of fashion. From the runway to the DIY hackerspace, 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become an increasingly popular and accessible way to produce objects that are both highly complex and easily replicable. Join us as our featured presenters discuss and demo their work, highlighting unique collaborations taking place in NYC between fashion designers, technologists, and manufacturers. PresentersJoris Debo, Creative Director (.MGX by Materialise)Duann Scott, Designer Evangelist (Shapeways)Bradley Rothenberg, architect and Gabi Asfour, designer (threeASFOUR)Alexandra Samuel, Dan Selden, and Ross Leonardy (Crowd Control) Presentations followed by reception

Blog Washing Wearable Electronics The most common question we get regarding wearable electronics is "how do you wash that?" This guide covers the most common ways to launder your DIY wearable electronics projects. First, and always: remove the batteries! The fiberglass, plastic, and metal comprising most circuits can handle getting wet and a bit of agitation, but your batteries should never be bent, shorted, or be subject to water or heat. Second, read the label on your garment. Components that can fill with water, like the microphone in the Ampli-Tie, should never be submerged in water. If you hand or machine wash your wearables, we strongly recommend hanging them up or laying flat to dry.

Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system for smartwatches Google is officially getting into wearables. The company has announced Android Wear, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. To start with, the system is made for smartwatches, and Google is moving aggressively to make itself the key name in wearables. The company has released two videos that show off what the watch interface will look like, and from what we've seen, it's very impressive. There are several key features that have been announced. The company will also be using Google Now in the watches. You'll also be able to say "OK Google" to perform voice searches, à la Google Now. Google is working to make sure these watches aren't hideous: Fossil and other "fashion brands" will apparently offer watches using the operating system later this year. In many ways, Android Wear seems like it's built off of the work the company did on Google Glass. We'll hear much more about Wear at Google I/O in June

"Technology adds an incredible advantage to fashion design" Fashion and technology: in the first part of a series focusing on designers who are introducing the fashion world to new technologies, Dezeen speaks to architect Julia Körner about how advances in 3D scanning, modelling and printing are creating a "revolution in customised fashion pieces within ready to wear" (+ interview + slideshow). 3D-printed garments have become a common sight on the Haute Couture catwalks of designers like Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Austrian architect Julia Körner, who collaborated with Van Herpen on these digitally fabricated garments, is now working on transferring the technology used to create the elaborate garments into everyday clothing production as part of what she calls an "exciting moment in fashion design". "Body scanning and 3D-modelling techniques allow you to design towards a perfect fit, and through minimal changes in the code I can create variations of adaptations in the design," she told Dezeen.

Projet Jacquard : Google se met aux vêtements high-tech Les vêtements vont-ils devenir la prochaine extension de notre environnement numérique ? Alors que les objets et accessoires connectés commencent à peine à se démocratiser, Google planche déjà sur l'étape suivante avec les textiles intelligents. C'est ce qu'a dévoilé l'équipe responsable des programmes avancés (ATAP - Advanced Technology And Projects) lors de la conférence I/O. Baptisé Jacquard, en référence au métier à tisser construit par Joseph Marie Jacquard, ce projet consiste à ajouter des composants électroniques lors de la fabrication du vêtement (en coton, en soie, en polyester...) afin que celui-ci dispose d'une surface interactive qui réagira au toucher. Dans la vidéo de présentation, l'on peut voir que les fils conducteurs utilisés par le projet Jacquard sont tissés de façon à former une grille afin de faciliter la compréhension des gestes sur le tissu. Reste à savoir où va aller le projet Jacquard, qui n'est d'ailleurs pas limité aux vêtements.

Project Jacquard The complementary components are engineered to be as discreet as possible. We developed innovative techniques to attach the conductive yarns to connectors and tiny circuits, no larger than the button on a jacket. These miniaturized electronics capture touch interactions, and various gestures can be inferred using machine-learning algorithms. Captured touch and gesture data is wirelessly transmitted to mobile phones or other devices to control a wide range of functions, connecting the user to online services, apps, or phone features. LEDs, haptics, and other embedded outputs provide feedback to the user, seamlessly connecting them to the digital world.

dezeen Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have created a series of smart temporary tattoos that can control devices through touch (+ movie). The team, led by PhD student Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and working with Microsoft Research, designed the DuoSkin transfers to look like the gold and silver flash tattoos that are popular at music festivals. But unlike regular stick-ons, DuoSkin is made from gold metal leaf. As a conductive material, it can interact with an electronic circuit that responds to touch. In the current prototype, the gold leaf traces are connected to a microcontroller and wireless communication unit that enables interaction with smartphones, computers and other devices. Working alongside Microsoft's research division, the group developed four patterns for four different uses. "This is something we purposefully wanted to make accessible to anyone," said Kao.

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